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Brett Dowdy had two hits to raise his batting average to a team best .419 for the Gators.

Saturday April 5, 2003Late Runs Propel Vanderbilt Over Florida Baseball

Gainesville, FL

Brett Dowdy had two hits to raise his batting average to a team best .419 for the Gators.

Two Vanderbilt runs in the seventh lifted the Commodores to a 4-2 victory over the University of Florida baseball team (23-8-1, 5-5-1 SEC) in the second game of a three game series between the two teams on Saturday. Vanderbilt took game one 2-1 on Friday evening.

At the plate for Florida Brett Dowdy and Brian Rose had a pair of hits for the Gators while Rose also drove in one of the two Florida runs.

A two run Vanderbilt seventh propelled the Commodores to the two run victory. After a walk, a Gator throwing error on a groundball put runners at the corners. Cesar Nicolas drove in the winning run with a single off the left field wall. The next batter Warner Jones gave Vanderbilt some breathing room as he drove in Matt Zeller with a single to right. Florida starter Justin Hoyman was then pulled with one out in the seventh. After a walk to load the bases, reliever Darren O’Day retired the final two batters on a pair of strikeouts.

Hoyman took the loss to fall to 5-2 on the season as he went 6.1 innings and gave up 10 hits and four runs (three earned) with two walks and four strikeouts. Opposing starter Robert Ransom picked up the win as he went 7.0 innings and gave up seven hits and two run with a walk and five strikeouts.

The two teams exchanged runs in the second as Florida struck in the top of the inning after Ben Harrison doubled with one out. After a groundout moved Harrison ahead a base, Rose delivered an infield single and picked up an RBI.

Vanderbilt responded after Jones led off the second with a double and moved up a base after an error. With runners at the corners, Tony Mansolino scored Jones with a double of his own. Hoyman then got out of the no out jam as he turned a double play on a pop out bunt attempt and he coaxed the final batter of the inning into a fielder’s choice groundout.

Vanderbilt took a 2-1 lead as they pushed across a run in the sixth after three straight hits to lead off the inning. John Kaye picked up an RBI with a single to right after Nicolas doubled and Jones singled. UF flirted with disaster with no outs and two runners on. Hoyman again came through in the clutch and got the first out on a sacrifice bunt. He then struck out Worth Scott and got Jon Douillard to ground out to end the threat.

The game was tied a second time in the seventh as Rose led off the inning with his first triple of the season. He scored on a groundout off the bat of pinch hatter Matt Maley.

The two teams will play the final game of the three-game set Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. EST in Nashville, Tenn. The game time has been moved up an hour from the previous scheduled time of 2 p.m. EST.

 

NOTES

  • Brian Rose extended his hit streak to a season best eight games with a single in the second inning.
  • Florida fell to 0-6-1 on the road this season.
  • Florida tied a season high with three errors in the contest.
  • The triple for Rose was the first in his four year Florida career.
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